Kristie Phillips
American gymnast
Kristie Phillips
Kristie Phillips-Bannister, formerly known as Kristie Phillips, is a retired American elite gymnast. The 1987 senior U.S. National Champion and one of the American team's strongest and most visible competitors in the mid-1980s, Phillips was considered to be one of the front-runners for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. By the Olympic Trials in 1988, however, she had endured several coaching changes and a growth spurt, and was only named second alternate to the team.
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TU earns green honors
The Tower Light - almost 5 years
For the third straight year, Towson was included in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Some employees who work to make the campus more environmentally friendly said they are honored to have made Princeton’s list. “We are especially proud of being named again as one of the greenest colleges in the nation,” Kris Phillips, the director of facilities planning, said. Phillips is currently in charge of the sustainability issues. Each year, the Environmental Team at Towson develops new ways to make the campus more environmentally friendly. A list developed by Towson’s Environmental Team details the green projects at Towson and their histories. Existing initiatives include Trayless Tuesdays, where the campus dining halls remove trays in an effort to reduce waste, and the RecycALL program, which began in 2008. The program has added more than 2,800 recycling bins across campus. Initiatives that may be relatively unknown to students include smart-meter systems and the ...
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TTU begins annual phonathon - UC Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
“We're here solely to generate support for all the programs that need help, which is all of them,” Kristie Phillips, director of annual and special programs, said. “Every dollar that we raise goes to whichever program the donor wants to give to
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Wildcat County Fair results available - Enid News & Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
... Patty Meyer; Antique: 1st place, Pat Schweer, 2nd place, Zoe Bolz; Sewing: 1st place, Kristie Phillips; Quilts: 1st place, Doris Rudd; Dolls: 1st place, Kristie Phillips; Wreaths: 1st place, Mallory Jones; Holiday decor: 1st place, Sherri Staples,
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Local dance 'stars' to perform at college endowment benefit - Charlotte Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Also, Mike Lassiter, a lawyer at Lassiter & Lassiter; Derone McNeill, athletic director/coach at Statesville Christian School; Jennifer Mills, marketing director and vice president at Randy Marion Automotive; Kristie Phillips-Bannister, owner of KPAC
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GYMNASTICS; Same Karolyi, Different Tune
NYTimes - over 22 years
A heat wave is locked in high-pressure gridlock over southeast Texas, summer's furnace stoked into autumn. Inside Bela Karolyi's refurbished gym, dripping shirts mop up sweat like napkins. The room is stale, as fetid as gymnastics itself, according to Karolyi. He calls for the air-conditioner. Then he explains how to breathe a fresh breath into his
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Kim Zmeskal, 14, Wins Her 2d Title
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Bela Karolyi gets so carried away whenever he talks about the great female gymnasts he has coached that it's easy to factor in a certain degree of skepticism as he gushes over his latest model. Bela Karolyi gets so carried away whenever he talks about the great female gymnasts he has coached that it's easy to factor in a certain degree of
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GYMNASTICS; Top Cuban To Reveal His Talents
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: At the peak of his gymnastics career, Felix Martinez of Cuba was left to consider the great what-if: what if his country had not boycotted the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, for political reasons? At the peak of his gymnastics career, Felix Martinez of Cuba was left to consider the great what-if: what if his country had not
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Olympic Gymnastics; Peters Explains Why He Quit
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Don Peters said yesterday that he resigned as coach of the United States women's Olympic gymnastics team when it became apparent that he could not do an effective job in what he felt had become a turbulent atmosphere. Don Peters said yesterday that he resigned as coach of the United States women's Olympic gymnastics team when it became
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OLYMPICS: GYMNASTICS; Karolyi Pupils Are Standouts in Trials
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Bela Karolyi's expertise in developing female gymnasts was never more apparent than today as three of his athletes qualified for the six-member United States Olympic team and two others won spots as alternates. Bela Karolyi's expertise in developing female gymnasts was never more apparent than today as three of his athletes qualified for the
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Gymnastics; Can Karolyi and 'Kids' Break Ties That Bind?
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Once the women's compulsory round of the United States gymnastics Olympic trials ended Thursday night, it seemed likely that three and possibly four women coached by Bela Karolyi would make the team. Once the women's compulsory round of the United States gymnastics Olympic trials ended Thursday night, it seemed likely that three and possibly
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Gymnast on the Right Path
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Abie Grossfeld grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, attended the University of Illinois, made the United States Olympic gymnastics team twice, in 1956 and 1960, and now is coach of the men's Olympic team for a third time. Abie Grossfeld grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, attended the University of
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Olympic Notebook; Turmoil at Gymnastic Trials
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: These are troublesome times for elite gymnastics in the United States. These are troublesome times for elite gymnastics in the United States. Two of America's best men, Tim Daggett and Scott Johnson, gold medal-winning Olympians in 1984, are fighting back from serious injuries. A two-time women's national champion, Kristie Phillips, has drawn
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Gymnastics; The Fiery Karolyi Lands on His Feet
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: HERE and there on the north side of town, large billboards suggest how passersby might help the United States cause later this year in Seoul, South Korea. They show Bela Karolyi, the renowned gymnastics coach, standing with three potential Olympians who are ''going for the gold'' and ''can use your help. HERE and there on the north side of
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SPORTS PEOPLE; Gymnast Will Pass
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: Kristie Phillips, the national women's champion and a good bet for a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, will not defend her championship in the American Cup championships next month, the United States Gymnastics Federation announced yesterday. Kristie Phillips, the national women's champion and a good bet for a gold medal at the Summer
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kristie Phillips
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 35
    She was Athlete Representative for USA Gymnastics, and served in the same capacity for the 2008 U.S Olympic gymnastics team selection committee.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    She was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 30
    She has spoken about her experiences in gymnastics on several occasions, most recently in the 2003 CNN documentary Achieving The Perfect 10.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 27
    She competed at the US Nationals again in 2000, placing 24th, before retiring.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips lives in Troutman, North Carolina with her husband recording artist Horatio Bannister and three children: Sebastian, Isabella and Eberlie. She owns a gymnastics facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, and is certified as an International Brevet judge.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    In 1999, she returned to the world of elite competitive gymnastics, placing 23rd at that year's U.S. National Championships.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Kristie was also named USA Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year.
  • 1994
    Age 21
    After college, she moved to New York City where she coached gymnastics and performed in various film and television projects, including 1994's Spitfire (a straight-to-video 007-spoof).
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the mid-1990s, Phillips participated in the Reese's Cup, a televised elite gymnastics exhibition, where she continued to wow audiences with her unique brand of artistry.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1990
    Age 17
    Phillips attended Louisiana State University from 1990 to 1992, where she was a competitive cheerleader and a Delta Gamma sister.
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  • 1987
    Age 14
    However, a growth spurt, the onset of puberty and conflicts with her coaches derailed Phillips' Olympic ambitions in 1987. She briefly switched to SCATS in California to train with former Olympian Don Peters, however, she was unable to maintain her previous level of gymnastics. Phillips was able to earn a berth on the American team for the 1987 World Championships, but only placed 45th in the all-around at the meet.
    More Details Hide Details She did, however, successfully submit an original balance beam mount, described as a "Press to side handstand, front walkover to side stand on both legs." The skill is now referred to as "the Phillips" in the Code of Points and currently has a 'D' difficulty rating. Another balance beam skill associated with Phillips was a reverse planche, in which the gymnast arches her back from a handstand until her buttocks touch the top of her head. In 1988, Phillips returned to the Karolyis. She placed 9th at the U.S. Nationals that spring. At the Olympic Trials, she moved up one place to 8th and was named as the second alternate to the U.S. Olympic team. She trained with the squad in America, but did not travel with them to Seoul.
    She earned an all-around silver medal at the 1987 Pan Am Games, placed first all-around at the USA vs. USSR dual meet, and won her second American Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips was also nominated for the 1987 James E. Sullivan Award.
    As Phillips moved into the senior ranks in 1987, she appeared to be on track for the Seoul Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details At that year's national championships, she won her only senior all-around title.
    She was also interviewed for the 1987 ABC-TV documentary Olga, Nadia and Mary Lou.
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    The 1987 senior U.S. National Champion and one of the American team's strongest and most visible competitors in the mid-1980s, Phillips was considered to be one of the front-runners for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
    More Details Hide Details By the Olympic Trials in 1988, however, she had endured several coaching changes and a growth spurt, and was only named second alternate to the team. She went on to participate in competitive cheerleading in college and has since enjoyed successful careers as an actress, stunt woman, coach and gymnastics club owner. Phillips was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She began gymnastics in her home state at the age of 4. At 10, she was the children's all-around gold medalist at the Louisiana State Championships. As she excelled in the sport, she moved to the Atlanta School of Gymnastics, and to Houston, Texas to train with Béla Károlyi. She also trained at Parkettes in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
  • 1986
    Age 13
    At the age of fourteen, she was featured on the cover of the September 1, 1986 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine, which touted her as "The New Mary Lou" (in reference to Mary Lou Retton).
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    She continued to do well in international meets over the next three years, placing sixth at the prestigious 1986 City of Popes, winning a vault silver medal at the 1986 World Sports Fair and earning the all-around gold at the 1986 American Cup.
    More Details Hide Details By 1986, Phillips was considered to be one of the United States' best hopes for a medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and was the subject of a considerable amount of media attention.
  • 1985
    Age 12
    At her first U.S. National Championships in 1985, Phillips won the all-around title in the junior division; she repeated her success the following year, despite competing with a broken wrist.
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    As a junior, Phillips was one of the United States' top-ranking athletes in both national and international competition. From 1985 to 1987, she placed first in the all-around in every single American competition she entered, including the 1986 American Classic, the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and the 1987 U.S. Classic.
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  • 1984
    Age 11
    Phillips made her debut in international competition at the age of 12, at the 1984 Canada Classic, where she won a silver medal on the floor exercise, a bronze on the uneven bars and placed seventh in the all-around.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Born in 1972.
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